Gastroenterology is the study of diseases involving the digestive tract, liver and pancreas, which include chronic inflammatory bowel disease, autoimmune conditions involving the liver and pancreas, functional bowel disorders, coeliac disease, dysmotility disorders and GI cancers. Gastroenterologists spend a significant proportion of their time performing procedures ranging from basic diagnostic endoscopies including gastroscopies and colonoscopies to both diagnostic and therapeutic procedures including Endoscopic ultrasound, ERCP, double balloon enteroscopy and more advance interventional luminal endoscopy. There is considerable scope for research and sub-specialisation e.g. Hepatology (viral Hepatology, transplant Hepatology), luminal Gastroenterology, functional disease, interventional endoscopy and pancreaticobiliary medicine (RCPI – November 2013)

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